Digging around the web tonight, I stumbled upon an interesting Czech web site, ExtraHardware.cz, that appears to offer some details around Intel’s upcoming E5-2600 v2 processor.  I’m not sure of the timeline for when the E5-2600 v2 will be released, but I imagine we can expect them to be available sometime in the next few months.  Here is a quick summary of what was revealed.

Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 Details

  • Up to 12 cores per CPU
  • Shared cache of up to 30MB
  • Memory speeds of up to 1866MHz
  • Socket compatibility with existing blade servers with Intel Xeon E5-2600 CPUs

 

As an added bonus, here’s the Czech website roughly translated:

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fextrahardware.cnews.cz%2Fxeony-na-bazi-ivy-bridge-epex-haswellu-zname-parametry-i-data-vydani&act=url

 

24 CPU cores per 2 socket blade server would be a powerful virtualization host, but I’m curious to know your thoughts.

 

Kevin Houston is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BladesMadeSimple.com.  He has over 15 years of experience in the x86 server marketplace.  Since 1997 Kevin has worked at several resellers in the Atlanta area, and has a vast array of competitive x86 server knowledge and certifications as well as an in-depth understanding of VMware and Citrix virtualization.  Kevin works for Dell as a Server Sales Engineer covering the Global Enterprise market.

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  • Péter Neumann

    My opinion is like with this amount of CPU power in a blade, it will be I/O limited quite often as if it runs 60-100VM, it can generate huge network and storage I/O. Network and storage back-end should be designed propely to make sure it will handle it.

  • http://BladesMadeSimple.com/ Kevin Houston

    I disagree with your comment about I/o being limited in a blade server. I can show you a 2 CPU blade with 8 x 10GbE ports which should be plenty of bandwidth for 100 vms. Thanks for the comment though.

  • Péter Neumann

    Depends on the vendor and the form factor.

  • taliz

    I don’t see any problem with that. I run a capacity platform for an outsourcing company with about 10000 VMs. Our hosts hold from 50-150 VMs each, with 2x10GB ethernet and 2x8GB FC. I seldom see more than 1gbit network traffic(other than vmotion) per host. Storage is more, but still far from the max.

  • Péter Neumann

    Question is really if someone wants to have hundreds of VMs down when an ESXi blade is having some issues. It can be a serious time in case of maintenance to evacuate all VMs.

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